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Worldview: California prison hunger strike and a look at what Brazil protests accomplished

We take a look at the California hunger strike and mass incarceration. Then, we get an update on the Brazilian government's response to last month's protests. And protesting continues in Turkey.


  1. Thousands of California prisoners go on hunger strike demanding end to "systematic torture"
  2. On July 8, 2013, more then 30,000 prisoners in California correctional facilities went on a hunger strike. They demanded an end to what they call systematic torture through long-term solitary confinement. We’ll get an update on the strike and look at the broader issue of mass incarceration, especially of minority men, with Dr. Antonio Martinez, a psychologist with the Institute for Survivors of Human Rights Abuse and co-founder of the Marjorie Kovler Center for the Treatment of Survivors of Torture. Gregory Koger, a torture survivor who spent more then six years in solitary confinement in an Illinois prison also jons us. Koger works with the Stop Mass Incarceration Network.
  3. California prisoners call for hunger strike
  4. What did Brazil’s protests accomplish?
  5. Brazilians flooded the streets last month to protest a variety of issues, from public transportation fares to healthcare to spending on the World Cup. “Brazil’s long silent majority seems to be finding its political voice,” wrote the New York Times editorial board. It's still early, but now that the massive protests have in large part died down, what exactly did they accomplish? Theresa Williamson joins Worldview for an overview of where things stand in Brazil today. Williamson is the executive director of Catalytic Communities, which works with community leaders in favelas. The organization also runs a website called RioOnWatch, which does favela community reporting in the run up to the 2016 Olympics.
  6. Turkish protest movement convenes for Ramadan 
  7. Gezi Park in Istanbul remains at the center of Turkey's protest movement.   What began as a small protest against plans to develop a shopping mall and hotel where the park sits turned into massive demonstrations against the policies of the Erdoğan government. This week protesters celebrated Ramadan by gathering at the park for an iftar, the meal that breaks the day-long fast.  Last weekend police clashed with demonstrators and there were reports that many people were injured.  Soli Ozel, a professor of international relations at Istanbul Kadir Has University gives us an update on the situation in Turkey.